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Rick Smith

CPE names Rick Smith to lead workforce and economic development

July 6, 2021
CPE announced that Rick W. Smith Sr., a professional with more than 30 years of experience in higher education and private sector leadership, will serve as the Council's new associate vice president for workforce and economic development. Read more >>

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Short-term credentials have surged 110% in Kentucky

July 6, 2021
New research funded by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) shows that more and more Kentuckians are heading to college to earn short-term certificates, particularly in STEM-related fields, skilled trades and health care. In two... Read more >>

Students

Campuses focusing on high impact practices to improve student success

July 6, 2021
When Madisonville Community College (MCC) looked to increase retention among low-income students a few years ago, administrators started with a basic need: food. Read more >>

Lilly Massa-McKinley

Higher education leader to helm new student success collaborative

July 6, 2021
Lilly Massa-McKinley, a career leader in higher education with a focus on improving equity and student outcomes, will serve as executive director for the new Kentucky Student Success Collaborative. CPE, which created the collaborative this year,... Read more >>

Student

CPE balances affordability and flexibility with new tuition rates

July 6, 2021
CPE has approved the final tuition rates for public colleges and universities next year, holding increases near historic lows while also helping campuses replenish revenue following the pandemic. Kentucky State University and the Kentucky Community... Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President's Message: CPE using advanced data tool to assess academic programs

June 2, 2021
If you've been paying attention to higher education trends over the last decade, you're probably familiar with the term "data analytics." In a nutshell, data analytics is the practice of using student data to optimize learning outcomes and increase... Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

CPE President Thompson receives leadership award from Kentucky Hospital Association

June 2, 2021
President Aaron Thompson, head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), received the Health Care Governance Leadership Award from the Kentucky Hospital Association last month at the group's annual convention. Read more >>

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Student TikTok video wins "Champion" banner for promoting FAFSA

June 2, 2021
Kyrin and Jaydan Norris, two sisters from Garrard County, Kentucky, had an important question for their fans on TikTok. "What happens to a student who works hard and fills out their FAFSA?" They never expected such a huge reaction. Read more >>

Students

CPE providing $1.5 million in grants to summer bridge programs

June 2, 2021
CPE is distributing $1.5 million in grants to support nearly two dozen summer "bridge" programs that prepare students for early college success. Gov. Andy Beshear and CPE President Aaron Thompson have announced that 21 programs at Kentucky colleges... Read more >>

Students

CPE prioritizes college affordability with historically low tuition caps

June 2, 2021
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has capped tuition increases near historic lows for the next two years, limiting the cost increase to students while also providing financial flexibility for public colleges and universities. The move... Read more >>

Employees

CPE report shows large income gaps along racial and ethnic lines

June 2, 2021
Despite growing diversity in Kentucky's workforce, Black and Asian employees still face massive income disparities when compared to white peers, even after earning a superior college degree. That's one of several findings in a newly released research... Read more >>

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At Kentucky colleges, URM students continue to close gaps. What's behind the trend?

June 2, 2021
Over the past five years, minority students in Kentucky have gained significant ground in higher education, and campus leaders say a renewed focus on equity at every level is helping drive the progress. Read more >>

Last Updated 11/29/2021